Forum Post: Monsanto has announced that its RNAi-based insecticide for control of the Colorado potato beetle
Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 23, 2015, 9:14 p.m. EST by BradB
from Washington, DC
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Monsanto has announced that its RNAi-based insecticide for control of the Colorado potato beetle will now undergo formal product development, according to a paywalled article for Genomeweb. Such RNAi-based pesticides are genetically engineered and work through silencing or otherwise interfering with genes in the target pest, to kill it or render it ineffective. The danger of these products is that genes in non-target organisms, including the consumers of the food crop sprayed with the pesticide, might be silenced or their expression altered, too. Gene-silencing sprays on their way to a field near you? Non-target organism: YOU THE CONSUMER.
READ: Evaluation of regulation of of RNAi crops & products: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412013000494
Integrated pest management for the colorado potato beetle, no RNAi required: http://www.toxicfreenc.org/organicgardening/potato_beetles.html